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Disco Fruit is a Serbian label founded in 2014 by Milos Djordjevic aka Tonbe. The label hand-picks the juiciest disco, house and funk cuts to satisfy any groover’s appetite. Disco Fruit is home to a sweet selection of artists including: Loshmi, Mitiko, Hotmood, Dr Packer, 84Bit, Evil Smarty, C. Da Afro, Tonbe and more. Disco Fruit’s sister label is house label, Hellcat Tunes. Tasty.
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Cruel Hot Summer
Cruel Hot SummerFORTHCOMING EXCLUSIVE
Funkadelic Lights (version 1) - (3:36) 57 BPM
Funkadelic Lights (version 2) - (3:23) 58 BPM
Disco Delirium (version 1) - (3:46) 117 BPM
Disco Delirium (version 2) - (2:36) 112 BPM
Tell Me (version 1) - (2:47) 56 BPM
Tell Me (version 2) - (3:28) 106 BPM
Tell Me (version 3) - (3:01) 110 BPM
Feels Like Summer (version 1) - (4:06) 61 BPM
Feels Like Summer (version 2) - (2:45) 60 BPM
Feels Like Summer (version 3) - (3:03) 61 BPM
Feels Like Summer (version 4) - (3:01) 62 BPM
Breathe Deeper (version 2) - (4:04) 59 BPM
Like Sugar - (3:24) 120 BPM
Dance Until Dawn - (2:46) 110 BPM
DF 179
02 Aug 24
Disco/Nu-Disco
Trust Me
Trust MeEXCLUSIVE
Breathe Deeper - (3:44) 115 BPM Hot
Is It True - (4:05) 121 BPM
Hook City - (5:32) 120 BPM
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DF 178
28 Jun 24
Disco/Nu-Disco
Too Late
Too LateEXCLUSIVE
It's Not Too Late - (6:18) 123 BPM
Tonka Bean - (5:03) 122 BPM
Over You - (5:33) 123 BPM Hot
Come To Me - (5:49) 123 BPM
Review: Montenegro's Sasha Mitch, better known to nu-disco buyers as Mitiko, returns to Disco Fruit with a new four-track EP. 'It's Not Too Late', with its haunting, treated male vocal, comes on like post-UKG soul with something of the otherworldliness of Carlton classic 'Do I Dream'. That's followed first by the light, jazz-funk-tinged instrumental 'Tonka Bean', before we head into slightly bouncier territory of 'Over You' with its lingering organ notes, sax parps and cut-up, part-scatted vocal. Completing the EP is 'Come To Me', a piano-led piece that comes closest of the lot to straight-up R&B.
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DF 177
14 Jun 24
Disco/Nu-Disco
2024 Mixes Part 2
Beat Me Like A Funk (2024 mix) - (6:46) 123 BPM Hot
Clavs Rules (2024 mix) - (6:06) 120 BPM
Don't Make Me Wait (2024 mix) - (6:37) 121 BPM
Feel Alright (2024 mix) - (6:25) 122 BPM
Ooohh, Baby, Baby (2024 mix) - (6:00) 120 BPM
Rare Groove (2024 mix) - (4:48) 120 BPM
Secret Joy (2024 mix) - (5:58) 120 BPM
Written Off (2024 mix) - (5:36) 120 BPM
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DF 176
03 May 24
Funky/Club House
Fungi Mama
Fungi MamaEXCLUSIVE
Along With You - (4:33) 121 BPM
Fungi Mama - (5:13) 122 BPM
Get Up And Boogie - (5:25) 110 BPM Hot
Ghost - (4:31) 102 BPM
Latin Hustle - (4:43) 117 BPM
Peek At You - (5:14) 122 BPM
Sexy Stuff - (4:53) 123 BPM
Review: Montenegro-based rework maestro Mitiko (real name Sasha Mitich) has been a busy boy this year, with this EP-turned-mini album marking his sixth missive of 2024 to date. There's plenty to get the blood pumping and the feet moving across the seven tracks on show, from the lightly housed up vocal disco rush of 'Along With You' and the filter-sporting Afro-disco joy of 'Fungi Mama', to the slow-motion disco-funk headiness of 'Ghost' and the build-and-release excellence of the stomping, string-laden peak-time disco of 'Peak At You'. Those seeking mid-tempo thrills are catered for via 'Get Up and Boogie', while 'Latin Hustle' is a memorable revision of a Spanish language dancefloor gem.
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DF 175
12 Apr 24
Disco/Nu-Disco
Seduction
SeductionEXCLUSIVE
Synth Seduction - (5:55) 123 BPM
You Will Not Decide - (5:40) 122 BPM
I'll Be There For You - (6:00) 124 BPM
The Negativity - (5:20) 125 BPM
The Negativity (Tonbe mix) - (5:38) 122 BPM Hot
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DF 174
22 Mar 24
Disco/Nu-Disco
Disco Junction
All American Girls - (4:59) 122 BPM
Changing Time - (6:49) 105 BPM
Disco Junction - (6:06) 114 BPM
Funky People - (9:36) 110 BPM
Disco Lady - (4:30) 104 BPM
In The Disco Heat - (4:52) 125 BPM Hot
Roller - (5:51) 121 BPM
Review: Montenegran re-edit maestro Sasha Mitich, better known to the music-buying public as Mitiko, serves up seven more reworks of classic cuts from days gone by, kicking off with Sister Sledge's 'All American Girls' from 1981. Next to get the treatment is Brass Construction's 'Changin' (1975), followed by - among others - Rare Function's 'Disco Function' (1976), Johnnie Taylor's 'Disco Lady' (1976) and Sylvester's 'Dance (Disco Heat)' (1978). That leaves just two tracks whose source had our disco detectives scratching their heads - including the infuriatingly familiar 'Funky People' - but you get the general idea!
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DF 173
16 Feb 24
Disco/Nu-Disco
Serious Edits Vol 29
Around The Corner - (6:25) 122 BPM Hot
Like You Know - (5:44) 120 BPM
Lovely Attack - (6:00) 120 BPM
Shake Shake - (6:33) 122 BPM
Review: Serbian disco don Milos Dordevic AKA Tonbe once more dons his Loshmi re-editor's guise. 'Around The Corner' draws on an unidentified (but we're guessing early 80s electrofunk) source and sports a familiar spoken sample about the irrelevance of genres in music, while 'Like You Know' revisits Fat Larry's Band's 'Act Like You Know' from 1982. The seriously fat-bottomed 'Lovely Attack' then bites Tom Hooker's sought-after 1984 Italo-disco gem 'Love Attack', before the package is completed by 'Shake Shake', a rework of TC Curtis's 'Body Shake' from 1981. The latter two share top honours for yours truly but all four will keep disco floors grooving along nicely.
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DF 172
02 Feb 24
Disco/Nu-Disco
2024 Mixes Part 1
Original Tool (2024 mix) - (5:54) 122 BPM
Downtown Drive (2024 mix) - (5:54) 122 BPM
Boss Of Funk (2024 mix) - (5:59) 121 BPM
I Feel Energy (2024 mix) - (5:44) 120 BPM Hot
Review: Last year, Serbian re-edit and rework specialist Tonbe began offering up freshly updated versions of cuts from his catalogue. He begins the new year by offering up more of the same - specifically a quartet of '2024' versions of things he first edited, remixed and reworked in the dim and distant past. He begins by reworking 2016's 'Original Tool', delivering a driving, thickset slab of heady disco-house excellence, before lightly polishing-up the disco-funk horns and deliciously low-slung bass of 2018 classic 'Downtown Drive' (arguably the most-played cut in his catalogue). There's more funky bass - alongside relaxed, flanged guitar licks and twinkling Rhodes solos - on lolloping disco-house number 'Boss of Funl', while 'I Feel Energy' is a deliciously sun-splashed disco roller that's as deep and warming as it is effortlessly funky.
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DF 171
12 Jan 24
Disco/Nu-Disco
Serious Edits Vol 28
Latino Paris - (6:38) 120 BPM
Sweet & Nasty (2024 mix) - (5:17) 121 BPM
Still Loving You (2024 mix) - (5:20) 120 BPM
Party Number 9 - (5:44) 120 BPM
Saturday - (6:54) 123 BPM
Holiday In Abroad (2024 mix) - (6:04) 120 BPM Hot
Trouble Man (2024 mix) - (6:56) 124 BPM
Disco Chola (2024 mix) - (5:52) 124 BPM
Disco Chola (instrumental) - (5:52) 124 BPM
Review: 2024 will mark a decade since Milos "Loshmi" Djordjevic launched the 'Serious Edits' series. With that significant anniversary looming, the Serbian producer has quietly released the 28th instalment, a ten-track selection that includes a mixture of unheard rubs and '2024 mixes' of gems from the catalogue. There's plenty of guaranteed party-starting fare on show, with our picks including the horn-toting disco-house release of 'Party No. 9', rolling Oliver Cheetham re-rub 'Saturday' (a house-style revision of all-time anthem 'Get Down Saturday Night'), the hard-wired disco-boogie-goes-house flex of 'Holiday In Abroad' (a Change re-rub), and the grunting disco-rock pump of 'Sweet & Nasty (2024 mix)'.
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DF 170
15 Dec 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
2023 Mixes Part 2
Disco Frisco (2023 mix) - (7:07) 122 BPM
Move That Ass (2023 mix) - (6:29) 121 BPM Hot
Raw Taste (2023 mix) - (6:10) 122 BPM
Summer Education (2023 mix) - (6:26) 122 BPM
Played by: Tonbe
Review: Another EP featuring new rubs of previously released Tonbe cuts, coming on his own Disco Fruit label. 'Disco Frisco' is all walking bassline, looped guitars and space disco stabs, augmented by plinky-plonk synths and some fairly restrained brass. 'Raw Taste' has a very similar MO but with a rawer funk feel, while 'Summer Education' augments the blueprint with wailing geetar. All three are plenty playable but as so often with Tonbe's releases there's one clear standout, and in this case it's 'Move That Ass', which will grab the floor's attention with its spoken "bounce that ass, move that ass, shake that ass" vocal. File under "big, dumb and glorious".
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DF 169
01 Dec 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
2023 Mixes - Part 1
Give Me Funk - (6:43) 122 BPM
Pure Disco Shit - (5:54) 122 BPM
Kindle - (5:23) 122 BPM Hot
One More Time - (7:13) 122 BPM
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DF 168
03 Nov 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
Serious Edits Vol 27
Give It To Me - (6:00) 122 BPM Hot
Electric Love - (4:31) 122 BPM
It's Just The Beginning - (5:36) 122 BPM
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DF 167
13 Oct 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
Serious Edits Vol 26
Swat - (6:00) 122 BPM Hot
Lady - (6:35) 124 BPM
Knock It - (5:06) 117 BPM
Train Running - (6:49) 122 BPM
Review: Nine years after volume one landed on Junodownload, Loshmi (AKA Serbian nu-disco scene stalwart Tonbe) is back with the series' 26th instalment. He begins with the thunderous, peak-time-ready assault of 'Swat', a tweak of a gnarly rock-guitar sporting OTT orchestral workout underpinned by thumping house drums, before offering up the rolling, synth-sporting pop-goes-house roll of 'Lady'. Loshmi dives into his collection of glossy '80s electrofunk/boogie jams on 'Knock It', a deliciously squelchy, colourful and soulful affair, before rounding off another rock-solid re-edit EP with the Balearic acoustic guitar solos, dreamy chords, Flamenco vocals and chunky house beats of 'Train Running'.
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DF 166
15 Sep 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
Lemons
LemonsEXCLUSIVE
Lemons - (5:21) 124 BPM
Weekend Fever - (7:21) 123 BPM
Too Far Away - (5:46) 122 BPM Hot
Robot Drivel - (6:00) 120 BPM
Turn It Up - (6:05) 121 BPM
Unchained - (8:12) 123 BPM
Groupie Luv - (5:23) 55 BPM
Played by: Tonbe
Review: Serbian disco fruit from Tonbe, a producer releasing candy-heeled dance wares for some 15 years now. For Disco Fruit yet again he brings the heat, with the title track kicking off heavy and deep before those righteous chords roll in. Heavier and dubbed out still is "Weekend Fever" with its thick filters and French house sampling twist. Funkier numbers come from "Too Far Away" next to a minimal '70s electro cuts in "Robot Drivel" and '90s R&B via "Groupie Love". Get your west coast sh*t from "Turn It Up" next to the solid states of "Unchained". When life gives you lemons make lemonade.
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DF 165
01 Sep 23
Funky/Club House
Serious Edits Vol 25
Mother Jackson - (4:44) 120 BPM
Go Away - (4:50) 120 BPM
Sexy Sexy Girls - (4:50) 121 BPM Hot
Virgin Dance - (5:00) 124 BPM
Review: Nine years on from the release of his first EP of 'Serious Edits', Loshmi adds a 25th volume to the popular series. As usual, what's on offer is a clutch of cuts that add beefed-up, house style beats and tidy effects to mostly under-celebrated disco jams. Basically, they're all tried-and-tested, house style re-edits aimed at peak-time dancefloors. Highlights include the Clavinet-heavy, arpeggio-driven stomp of 'Virgin Dance', the swirling strings, impassioned lead vocals and bouncy disco grooves of 'Mother Jackson', and the deliciously camp Italo-not-Italo throb of 'Sexy Sexy Girls'. File under: "guaranteed party starters".
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DF 164
04 Aug 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
This Is The Night
Tonight (original mix) - (5:04) 120 BPM Hot
Tonight (instrumental) - (5:04) 120 BPM
Ruler & Queen (original mix) - (6:46) 120 BPM
Ruler & Queen (instrumental) - (6:46) 120 BPM
Disco Baby (original mix) - (5:00) 120 BPM
Review: Three tracks in a total of five mixes make up this latest offering from Serbian main man Tonbe. First up is 'Tonight', which tops a walking bassline and plinky-plonk 80s synths with a very sweet n' poppy female vocal, though the latter's obviously absent from the accompanying instrumental. 'Ruler & Queen' is a quirky, shuffling affair that's likewise available with or without the plainitive vocal, but for this reviewer's money the standout here is 'Disco Baby', a contemporary boogie-style jam with an indecipherable male vocal and more bounce 'n' wiggle to its bottom end than is frankly decent.
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DF 163
07 Jul 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
Under The Light
Under The Light - (6:37) 90 BPM Hot
Soak Up The Sun - (4:54) 92 BPM
Kindness - (4:34) 90 BPM
Played by: Tonbe, Kongisto
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DF 162
16 Jun 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
Disco Fruit Selection Vol 10
Loshmi - "Coca In My Brain" - (4:18) 121 BPM
Loshmi - "El Son" - (5:28) 120 BPM
Loshmi - "Every Woman" - (4:56) 120 BPM
Loshmi - "Macu Sa" - (4:46) 120 BPM
Loshmi - "Passion Move" - (6:32) 120 BPM Hot
Loshmi - "Some Time" - (5:03) 122 BPM
Mitiko - "I Like What You Doing" - (4:26) 117 BPM
Mitiko - "In Your Soul" - (4:54) 102 BPM
Mitiko - "Morning Talkbox" - (4:33) 100 BPM
Tonbe - "Funkstar" (2023 mix) - (6:01) 121 BPM
Tonbe - "Look So Good" - (6:33) 122 BPM
Tonbe - "Sabari" - (5:32) 122 BPM
Played by: Tonbe, Kongisto
Review: Serbian disco producer extraordinaire Tonbe once more teams up with his Montenegran counterpart Mitiko, as well as with himself in his Loshmi re-editor guise. Loshmi's uptempo rework of Dillinger's 'Cocaine' gets the ball rolling, after which come takes on Chaka Khan's 'I'm Every Woman', The Flirts' 'Passion' and The Salsoul Orchestra's 'Take Some Time Out For Love', plus a brace of unidentified Latin cuts. After that come three cuts from Mitiko, with 'In Your Soul' drawing heavily on Soul Children's 'Stir Up The Boogie' from 1978 and 'Morning Talkbox' bringing the Zapp-isms, before Tonbe plays us out with three tracks of his own, including the rumbustious 'Funkstar' and the Alpha Blondy-biting 'Sabari'.
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DF 161
02 Jun 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
Serious Edits Vol 24
Coca In My Brain - (4:18) 121 BPM Hot
Dark - (4:18) 120 BPM
Get Up On It - (5:52) 124 BPM
Running - (5:11) 122 BPM
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DF 160
05 May 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
Funkstar 2023
Funkstar 2023EXCLUSIVE
Funkstar (2023 mix) - (6:01) 121 BPM Hot
Sabari - (5:32) 122 BPM
Feeling Hot (original mix) - (6:33) 122 BPM
Feeling Hot (instrumental) - (6:33) 122 BPM
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DF 159
14 Apr 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
Serious Edits Vol 23
Famous - (6:41) 121 BPM
Love And Drug - (5:13) 118 BPM
Night - (5:36) 120 BPM Hot
Passion Move - (6:32) 120 BPM
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DF 158
24 Mar 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
Hold On
Hold OnEXCLUSIVE
Don't Go For That - (5:31) 110 BPM
Fishnet Pantyhose - (5:38) 115 BPM
Hold On - (5:21) 118 BPM
In Your Soul - (4:54) 102 BPM Hot
Mighty Groove - (4:46) 118 BPM
Walking In The Sun - (4:38) 93 BPM
You Left A Good Woman - (5:42) 103 BPM
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DF 157
10 Mar 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
House Thing
House ThingEXCLUSIVE
Lost In Memories - (6:30) 122 BPM
Ain't Nobody Bad Like Me - (5:29) 122 BPM
Bright Days - (5:34) 120 BPM
It's A House Thing (original mix) - (5:53) 123 BPM
It's A House Thing (instrumental mix) - (5:53) 123 BPM
You Gotta Dance - (6:36) 120 BPM
Summer Nights - (6:16) 120 BPM
Drive Me Arounnd (vocal mix) - (6:43) 122 BPM
Drive Me Around (dub mix) - (6:43) 122 BPM
All About Us - (5:56) 122 BPM
Look So Good - (6:33) 122 BPM Hot
Acting Like A Fool - (5:29) 121 BPM
What Happened In The World - (6:04) 120 BPM
You Make Me Feel Good - (5:59) 125 BPM
You're Welcome - (5:34) 122 BPM
Review: Almost wish Tonbe would make a bad record, just so I didn't feel like such a gushing fanboi, but it hasn't happened yet! The Serbian don's latest 15-track outing finds him, as the title suggests, firmly in house mode, with all 15 cuts aimed fair and square at the dancefloor, but still manages to encompass enough variety to ensure things never get dull. 'Bright Days', for instance, is a very musical affair that evidences jazz-funk influences and sports a preacherman vocal, while 'Drive Me Around' is percussion-driven and comes topped with a late 80s-style rap. But it's the deep 'n' dreamy, piano-sprinkled grooves and sultry diva vox of 'You Gotta Dance' that lead the charge for this reviewer.
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DF 156
10 Feb 23
Funky/Club House
Serious Edits Vol 22
Every Woman - (4:56) 120 BPM Hot
Private Game - (5:16) 120 BPM
Maniac - (6:30) 120 BPM
Up Or Down - (6:22) 122 BPM
Allez-Vous - (6:08) 120 BPM
Call - (4:47) 122 BPM
Do You Look That Good - (4:48) 120 BPM
Enough - (6:14) 122 BPM
I Feel - (6:46) 120 BPM
On The Move - (4:44) 120 BPM
Saly - (5:44) 120 BPM
Review: Ever-prolific Serbian disco don Tonbe once more assumes his Loshmi re-editor's mantle to bring us reworks of 11 dancefloor gems from days gone by. Opening with Chaka Khan's 'Every Woman' is a tad misleading, because he's mostly opted for slightly less obvious (and, for time reasons, largely unidentified) source material, drawing mostly on 80s boogie and electrofunk for inspiration - though there's time enough for some raw James Brown stompery (see 'Up Or Down'), and you just might hear a hint of his Princeness in there as well! There's a pleasing circularity, too, to the inclusion of 'I Feel', another Chaka rework, as the album approaches its end.
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DF 155
13 Jan 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
Morning Talkbox
Morning Talkbox - (4:33) 100 BPM
Best Thing - (4:26) 92 BPM
Hits My Veins - (5:33) 105 BPM
Captivating Yourself - (5:23) 126 BPM
Don't Worry - (6:35) 122 BPM
Gone Away For Good - (6:42) 111 BPM
Electronic Rhythm - (4:55) 100 BPM Hot
Review: A treat for Mitiko fans this week, as the Montenegran nu-disco stalwart serves up an EP for Tonbe's Disco Fruit label that packs a whopping seven cuts with nary a duffer in sight. The title track is a languid jazz-funker that makes extensive use of the titular FX unit/instrument, and sets the tone nicely for an EP that starts out in funk and disco territory (with the wigged-out 60s organs on 'Best Thing' a notable highlight) then veers into housier pastures as it goes on, before dropping the tempo once more for 'Gone Away For Good' and 'Electronic Rhythm', the latter's piano licks and jazz trumpet bringing the EP to a very classy close.
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DF 154
02 Dec 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
Serious Edits Vol 21
Kokain - (5:30) 120 BPM
Simple Song - (5:44) 120 BPM
Funky Town - (5:09) 122 BPM
Macu Sa - (4:46) 120 BPM Hot
Red Carpet - (4:34) 120 BPM
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DF 153
18 Nov 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
Serious Edits Vol 20
Don't Know - (5:11) 122 BPM
Pasa - (6:22) 122 BPM
El Son - (5:28) 120 BPM Hot
Jamile - (5:22) 120 BPM
La Reina - (4:44) 120 BPM
Review: Serbian nu-disco stalwart Tonbe once more assumes his Loshmi mantle to bring us five re-edits that draw largely on Latin sources. Opener 'Don't Know' revisits George McCrae's 'You Don't Know' from 1978, while 'Pasa' (source unknown) has a vaguely Fatback-esque feel. The originals of the other three, we have to confess, have our disco detectives well and truly beat, but suffice to say this EP would make a good companion piece to Rare Wiri's 'Spanish Delight' V/A, which packs three similarly styled jams and which is also out this week. So you should probably just buy both, hint hint hint!
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DF 152
04 Nov 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
Serious Edits Vol 19
Bring Out - (5:34) 122 BPM
Lifted - (5:38) 122 BPM
Some Time - (5:03) 122 BPM Hot
You Are Young - (6:40) 120 BPM
Don't Blame - (5:19) 122 BPM
My Lady - (5:03) 122 BPM
Review: In which everyone's favourite Serbian disco don Tonbe reassumes his Loshmi re-editor's mantle and serves up six more reworks of vintage dancefloor nuggets. Somewhat frustratingly, the source for opener 'Bring Out' has us beat, but think late 70s/early 80s funk from the Cameo/Zapp school of thought. Elsewhere, we get Loshmi's take on (in order) George McCrae's 'I Get Lifted' from 1974, Salsoul Orchestra's 'Take Some Time Out For Love' from 1982, CC Catch's 1986 Euro hit 'Cause You Are Young', Gayle Adams' 'Don't Blame It On Me' from 1982 and lastly Kool & The Gang's 'Be My Lady' from 1981.
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DF 151
07 Oct 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
Disco Fruit Selection Vol 9
Loshmi - "Boogie" - (5:10) 120 BPM Hot
Loshmi - "In Love" - (5:32) 120 BPM
Loshmi - "Return" - (5:44) 120 BPM
Mitiko - "Baby I Want You Back" - (6:46) 82 BPM
Mitiko - "Fancy Dancer" - (6:07) 100 BPM
Mitiko - "Funky Turns Me On" - (4:26) 100 BPM
Mitiko - "Jazz De Primavera" - (4:52) 114 BPM
Mitiko - "Look For The Magic" - (5:38) 122 BPM
Mitiko - "On The Dance Floor" - (5:47) 107 BPM
Tonbe - "Angel" - (5:51) 115 BPM
Tonbe - "Come Around" - (5:15) 119 BPM
Tonbe - "Funk Me" - (5:56) 120 BPM
Tonbe - "Late Night Burbon" - (4:58) 121 BPM
Tonbe - "Never Let Me Go" - (7:03) 105 BPM
Tonbe - "Perfect Plan" - (5:40) 122 BPM
Tonbe - "Shy Town" - (4:53) 122 BPM
Review: On the whole, it might be better if Milos Djordjevic (Tonbe/Loshmi) and Sasha Mitich (Mitiko) weren't quite so talented - that way, yours truly wouldn't have written so many glowing reviews of their releases that it's getting quite embarrassing now. I should probably just buy a set of Tonbe pillowcases and have done with it! Anyway, here's another joint outing from the two Balkan boogie merchants, which - like previous installments - includes a mix of new and previously released material, spans funk, disco, boogie and soul, and features both original (albeit often sample-based) productions and Loshmi's masterly reworkings of cuts from Barbara Streisand, Mark Morrison and more. Sterling stuff all round - again, just like previous installments.
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DF 150
02 Sep 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
Through The Shadows
Come Around (original mix) - (5:15) 119 BPM
Come Around (instrumental) - (5:15) 119 BPM
I Wanna Be With You (original mix) - (6:16) 120 BPM
I Wanna Be With You (instrumental) - (6:16) 120 BPM
Late Night Burbon - (4:58) 121 BPM Hot
Review: Why Tonbe isn't more widely renowned is a mystery: for my money, he's one of the most accomplished and consistent producers working in the modern disco arena. And oh BOY does he have a way with a drawn-out stab! He proves the latter once more on 'Come Around', a midtempo jam that you can call disco, soul or boogie as you see fit, and which comes with or without the harmonised male and female vocals. There are some superb jazz keys on 'Late Night Burbon', too, but the stone-cold killer is 'I Wanna Be With You' - file under "deep, smooth, sultry, gorgeous".
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DF 149
05 Aug 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
Generate Love
Generate LoveEXCLUSIVE
Baby I Want You Back - (6:46) 82 BPM
Funky Turns Me On - (4:26) 100 BPM Hot
Generate Love - (6:09) 113 BPM
I Can Teach Ya - (4:33) 108 BPM
I Like What You Doing - (4:26) 117 BPM
If I Had You - (4:54) 104 BPM
Visions From My Soul - (5:41) 85 BPM
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DF 148
01 Jul 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
Rules
RulesEXCLUSIVE
Rules Of The Dance - (5:56) 120 BPM
Better Than This - (6:40) 120 BPM
Better Than This (instrumental) - (6:40) 120 BPM
Dusty Floor - (7:20) 120 BPM
Perfect Plan - (5:40) 122 BPM Hot
Review: There was a time when Tonbe was sticking out a fresh EP almost every week. While the Serb is still prolific, he's calmed down a bit in recent times, wisely prioritising quality over quantity. Rules, the nu-disco scene stalwart's latest release, is highly enjoyable and naturally packed with peak-time ready treats. Check first opener 'Rules of the Dance', a chunky, filter-sporting slab of disco-funk/French touch fusion that's as weighty and excitable as they come, before getting your ears around the loved-up deliciousness of glassy-eyed '80s soul re-edit 'Better Than This' (and its accompanying instrumental mix). Elsewhere, 'Dusty Floor' sees him add echo-laden guitar links and jammed out electric piano motifs to a bubbly, post-electro beat, while 'Perfect Plan' is a sun-splashed slab of Balearic boogie with added deep house weight.
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DF 147
17 Jun 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
One Way
One WayEXCLUSIVE
In Love - (5:32) 120 BPM
In Love (dub mix) - (5:32) 120 BPM
Return - (5:44) 120 BPM Hot
Going Home - (5:19) 122 BPM
Drive Around - (5:54) 124 BPM
Rock Baby - (6:16) 122 BPM
Review: Serbian nu disco don Tonbe reassumes his Loshmi re-edit disguise for this six-tracker on his own Disco Fruit. A cheeky refix of Barbara Streisand's early 80s soul classic 'Woman In Love' serves as the lead track and and is presented in vocal and dub flavas, followed closely by an endlessly looping instrumental take on 'Return Of The Mack' that'll have you running off to find an acapella pronto! Elsewhere, 'Going Home' and 'Drive Around' draw on unidentified sources from somewhere around the Kraftwerk/Yello region, while the squelchy 'Rock Baby' has an early 80s Euro/electro feel. But 'In Love' is the killer.
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DF 146
03 Jun 22
Deep House
Fancy Dancer
Fancy DancerEXCLUSIVE
Back To Funk - (6:42) 114 BPM
Can't Hide Love - (6:17) 123 BPM
Woman Saying - (5:51) 121 BPM
Someone Like You - (5:58) 118 BPM
Your Life - (5:40) 122 BPM
Fancy Dancer - (6:07) 100 BPM Hot
Basement Jam - (6:16) 86 BPM
Review: This latest album-length excursion by Montenegran nu disco regular Sasha Mitich finds him largely exploring and expressing his love for all things 80s - perhaps never more so than on 'Someone Like You', which could have come straight from the soundtrack of some coming-of-age movie starring at least one of the Brat Pack. Elsewhere, 'Back To Funk' brings the 80s boogie vibes, 'Woman Saying' recalls the likes of Fern Kinney or The Captain & Tenille and 'Your Life' slips in some cheeky Bee Gees bites, but the standout by far is the ultra-funky 'Fancy Dancer', a rework of the Commodores cut of the same name from 1976.
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DF 145
20 May 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
Powerful Funk
Powerful FunkEXCLUSIVE
14th Street - (6:15) 110 BPM
15th Street - (7:39) 115 BPM Hot
After All - (6:24) 120 BPM
Ain't Nothing Wrong - (5:31) 122 BPM
All About Grooves - (6:21) 121 BPM
Another Bite - (6:14) 118 BPM
Beat Me Like A Funk - (6:31) 124 BPM
Could've Been Better - (7:44) 119 BPM
Dig It - (6:00) 114 BPM
Funk Love - (5:46) 120 BPM
Funker - (6:00) 112 BPM
Funkstar - (6:12) 116 BPM
Gem Picker - (6:22) 117 BPM
Golden Days - (6:22) 120 BPM
Good Taste - (5:35) 120 BPM
If You Feel - (6:38) 120 BPM
It's Time To Get Funkee - (4:55) 122 BPM
Live My Life - (5:24) 123 BPM
Move That Ass - (6:41) 116 BPM
My Way - (6:33) 122 BPM
Ram Tam Tam - (5:20) 120 BPM
Raw & Dirty - (5:34) 120 BPM
Shake That Booty - (5:44) 120 BPM
Sweet Love - (7:03) 118 BPM
This Is Party - (6:15) 119 BPM
Unreal - (6:32) 115 BPM
Zezalica - (7:01) 119 BPM
Review: Tonbe's music has spanned a range of styles from Balearica to boogie, but when he calls his latest long-playing offering 'Postive Funk' you kinda know what to expect, don't you? Thankfully the titular promise is one on which he more than delivers, with the album striking a nice balance between raw, 70s-sounding funkers like 'Funkstar' and 'Dig It', and more 80s- or pop-flavoured nuggets such as 'Ain't Nothing Wrong' or 'Live My Life'. Highlights for yours truly include '15th Street' (home to some extremely cool Hammond licks) as well as 'Another Bite', which takes some downright liberties with a Queen classic.
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DF 144
06 May 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
Gulf
GulfEXCLUSIVE
Triton Funk - (6:11) 115 BPM
Jazz De Primavera - (4:52) 114 BPM Hot
Simmer Down - (6:59) 121 BPM
El Sonido De Cattaro - (5:38) 114 BPM
Again - (5:54) 115 BPM
Review: A new five-tracker from Montenegran nu-disco stalwart Mitiko is always something to take note of, and this latest Disco Fruit offering doesn't disappoint. The EP starts out in chunked-up boogie territory with 'Triton Funk', which sports some killer 80s sax work, and ends with the blissed-out Balearic pop of 'Again'. In-between you'll find the sunny, horn-soaked Latin vibes of 'El Sonido De Catarro' and a serviceable cover of Bugz classic 'Simmer Down'... oh, and what for this writer is by far the standout, 'Jazz Da Primavera', which fuses jazz and garage tropes in a fashion that's reminiscent of vintage Eight Ball material, or possibly early Nice N' Ripe.
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DF 143
15 Apr 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
Limit
LimitEXCLUSIVE
My Family (2022 mix) - (6:24) 120 BPM
To The Limit (original mix) - (5:56) 120 BPM
To The Limit (dub mix) - (5:56) 120 BPM
Funk Me (original mix) - (5:56) 120 BPM Hot
Funk Me (dub mix) - (5:56) 120 BPM
Thank You (original mix) - (6:33) 122 BPM
Review: The ever-prolific Tonbe steps up with his latest EP, which features four tracks in a total of six mixes. "My Family" kicks us off in pulsing, surging disco-house/nu-disco territory, and is followed by "To The Limit", which finds the Serbian stalwart veering towards 00s soulful house territory. There are more straight-up house vibes on closer "Thank You", a spritely piano romp graced by the unmistakeable tonsils of certain Mr Owens, but only after we've had "Funk Me", an irresistible combination of a big, dirty funker of a bassline and a markedly Crystal Waters-ish vocal loop. It's rare for a Tonbe set not to come packing at least one stone cold killer, and this time out, "Funk Me" fits the bill admirably.
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DF 142
01 Apr 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
Two Bags Of Grass
Only Yours - (5:05) 84 BPM
Phase One - (5:53) 99 BPM
Two Bags Of Grass - (4:36) 92 BPM
Mesmerizing Tapes - (5:31) 102 BPM
Get On - (6:29) 95 BPM
Funky Mood - (5:11) 97 BPM
On The Dance Floor - (5:47) 107 BPM Hot
Review: I've no idea whether Mitiko actually intended the title of this seven-track offering to double as a 'serving suggestion' but it certainly works as one, as the Montenegran disco stalwart gives the dancefloor stompers a swerve and turns his energies to ploughing a much more laidback furrow. The shimmering piano chords and lazy, low-slung b-line that kick off 'Only Yours' set the tone for an album that seldom gets above walking pace but still manages to cram in nods to a wide range of influences - see, for instance, 'Phase One''s genius marriage of a Phuture vocal snip to some superbly smooooooooooth jazz-funk geetar licks, and was that a cheeky James Ingram bassline too? File under mellow horizontal loveliness.
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DF 141
18 Mar 22
Balearic/Downtempo
World Beyond
World BeyondEXCLUSIVE
Shy Town - (4:53) 122 BPM Hot
If You Want Me (original mix) - (5:54) 120 BPM
If You Want Me (dub mix) - (5:54) 120 BPM
Over You - (6:03) 121 BPM
Angel - (5:51) 115 BPM
Review: Serbian disco stalwart Milo? Đorđević AKA Tonbe AKA Loshmi brings us what is simultaneously one of his housiest EPs to date and one of his most varied. 'Shy Town' opens with crisp 4/4s before settling down into a smoother funk/soul ride. 'If You Want Me', with its archetypal Tonbe combo of a fragile female vocal and some absolute killer stabs, is arguably the lead track as it comes in Vocal and Dub flavas, while completing the EP are the Om/Naked-esque soulful house groover that is 'Over You' and 'Angel', a floaty, drifty affair with a wistful female vocal. Good stuff as ever from a producer that doesn't get half the attention he deserves.
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DF 140
04 Mar 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
Magic EP
Magic EPEXCLUSIVE
Look For The Magic - (5:38) 122 BPM Hot
Simmer Down - (6:59) 121 BPM
You Are The One - (6:17) 123 BPM
Review: Here comes Montenegro's ever-reliable Sasha Mitich with a three-tracker for Serbian label Disco Fruit. 'Look For The Magic' places an infuriatingly familiar-sounding "life can be so stressful" diva vocal atop lashings of fat, squelchy bass, while 'Simmer Down' reworks Reel People's (now 20-year-old!) broken beat/soulful house classic of the same name. 'You Are The One', meanwhile, rocks another diva vocal snip ("sometimes I say I'm through with you", not the Jocelyn one you're thinking of) which it pairs with crisp, lively percussion and an intricate but still impressively hefty b-line. All told, three cheeky sample-based groovers that'll keep 'em shimmying along nicely.
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DF 139
11 Feb 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
Neon District
Neon DistrictEXCLUSIVE
Never Let Me Go (original mix) - (7:03) 105 BPM Hot
Never Let Me Go (dub mix) - (7:03) 105 BPM
New Vision - (6:12) 120 BPM
Robbery In Progress - (5:44) 118 BPM
So Real (original mix) - (5:34) 120 BPM
So Real (dub mix) - (5:34) 120 BPM
Played by: Tonbe
Review: Four tracks in a total of six mixes make up this latest EP from ever-prolific Serbian discomeister Tonbe. 'Never Let Me Go' is up first, blending late 70s/early 80s jazz-funk and contemporary pop influences and coming in vocal and dub flavas. There's a distinct pop feel, too, to the 80s-influenced 'New Vision' and 'Robbery In Progress' - both all bright analogue synths and lashings of cowbell - which just leaves us with the two rubs of 'So Real', which continues in the same 80s pop-leaning groove established by the two previous cuts and is available, again, with or without the female vocal.
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DF 138
21 Jan 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
Disco Fruit Sampler 03
Hotmood - "My Dream Come True" - (5:10) 122 BPM
Mitiko - "Are You Ready" - (7:19) 110 BPM
Loshmi - "Yes It Is" - (5:23) 122 BPM Hot
Brian SNR - "Wanna Kiss You" - (6:54) 116 BPM
Review: Serbia's Disco Fruit bring us an EP packing one track apiece from some of the biggest names on the contemporary disco scene. 'My Dream Come True' from Mexican fave Hotmood is a hazy, looping affair with a soulful male vocal, while Montenegro's Mitiko reworks Fatback classic 'Do The Bus Stop' as 'Are You Ready'. We stay in re-edit mode as label boss Tonbe, in his Loshmi guise, revists Jimmy Bo Horne's 'Is It In?' on 'Yes It Is', before finally Brian SNR closes out the EP with 'Wanna Kiss You', which sports an almost punk-funk/new wave-style vocal and some glorlously cheesy 80s sax work.
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DF 137
07 Jan 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
Best Of 2021
Best Of 2021EXCLUSIVE
Mitiko - "Back To Dance" - (7:16) 105 BPM Hot
Mitiko - "Discofied" - (7:15) 103 BPM
Mitiko - "I Shot The Sheriff" - (6:33) 122 BPM
Mitiko - "My Cherie Amour" - (5:34) 103 BPM
Mitiko - "Oops Upside" - (6:58) 106 BPM
Mitiko - "Rumor Has It" - (6:37) 124 BPM
Mitiko - "Turbo Flop" - (5:55) 104 BPM
Loshmi - "Colegiala" - (6:22) 118 BPM
Loshmi - "Fantasy" - (5:35) 116 BPM
Loshmi - "Just Dance" - (5:40) 120 BPM
Loshmi - "Yes It Is" - (5:23) 122 BPM
Tonbe - "Dub Thing" - (5:52) 120 BPM
Tonbe - "Easy Dancin'" - (5:21) 110 BPM
Tonbe - "Life & Joy" - (6:17) 124 BPM
Tonbe - "Pontiac GTO" - (6:11) 117 BPM
Tonbe - "This Is Party" - (6:15) 119 BPM
Tonbe - "Varadero" - (5:13) 115 BPM
Review: Last month saw two East European disco favourites, Serbia's Tonbe AKA Loshmi and Montenegro's Mitiko, joining forces for a split EP on the former's Disco Fruit label. Now the same imprint brings us this joint collection that gathers together the best of the two producers' 2021 output, in all three of their guises. The tracks involved are a mixture of re-edits, covers and original material; more importantly, both producers are ludicrously prolific, which means they had a huge catalogue to draw from. And that in turn means there's nary a track that puts a foot wrong here - making this an essential purchase for anyone who hasn't picked these cuts up on various EPs along the way.
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DF 136
03 Dec 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
All I Care For
All I Care About Is You - (5:26) 119 BPM
Rumor Has It - (6:37) 124 BPM
You Can Do It - (6:23) 109 BPM
But It's Funky Music - (8:16) 116 BPM
What A Life - (6:06) 120 BPM Hot
While You Can - (7:51) 122 BPM
Bright Like Sunshine Day - (5:37) 106 BPM
Review: Ludicrously prolific Montenegran producer Sascha Mitich needs no introduction to disco buyers, and now here comes his latest offering, which packs seven 70s-tastic re-edits. Among those sources we can identify this time around are Donna Summer's 'Rumour Has It', The Gibson Brothers' 'What A Life' and 'You' (presented here as 'All I Care About Is You' ) and an unidentified, male-sung take on 'I Can See Clearly Now', while of the tracks whose origin remains unknown, the standout for this reviewer is 'But It's Funky Music', whose gloriously cheesy squealin' Moogs give it something of a US sitcom theme vibe.
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DF 135
05 Nov 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
Musica Latina
Musica LatinaEXCLUSIVE
Loshmi - "Colegiala" - (6:22) 118 BPM Hot
Loshmi - "Portoriko" - (6:12) 120 BPM
Loshmi - "Pretty Chiquita" - (5:54) 118 BPM
Mitiko - "Mentirosa" - (6:22) 120 BPM
Mitiko - "Con Sabrosura" - (7:58) 119 BPM
Mitiko - "Mira Que Eres Linda" - (6:27) 122 BPM
Mitiko - "Todo Por El Son" - (7:40) 110 BPM
Tonbe - "Ven Pa Ca" - (4:59) 122 BPM
Tonbe - "Varadero" - (5:13) 115 BPM
Tonbe - "Last Mojito" - (5:48) 120 BPM
Review: What we have here is arguably the first ever two-man disco threeway, as Serbian disco don Tonbe (Milo? Đorđević) teams up with his Montenegran oppo Mitiko (Sasha Mitich) and himself in his Loshmi guise. As for the album that's emerged from their joint efforts, well, the clue's in the title, as the two nu-disco stalwarts dive into a big cupboard full of flamenco guitars, marimbas and mariachi trumpets, and come out clutching 10 Latin-infused dancefloor shakers built for effortless grooving in the summer sunshine. Highlights, you ask? Check the low-slung funk of 'Con Sabrosura' or the jazzy shuffle of 'Portoriko'.
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DF 134
15 Oct 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
Passion For Fruit
Acting Like A Diva - (5:08) 120 BPM
New Vision - (6:12) 120 BPM
All I Need - (5:40) 118 BPM
Supernova (original mix) - (5:48) 120 BPM
Supernova (dub mix) - (5:48) 120 BPM Hot
Life & Joy - (6:17) 124 BPM
Losing Control (original mix) - (5:04) 120 BPM
Losing Control (dub mix) - (5:04) 120 BPM
Trabajar - (4:51) 122 BPM
For This Joy - (4:45) 124 BPM
Played by: Tonbe
Review: Tonbe's super-prolific output never ceases to amaze - he seems to churn out album-length releases on an almost monthly basis, and this writer is yet to encounter one that didn't include at least one or two stone-cold killers. In this case, I'd refer you to the sultry, grown-up, Stonebridge-esque house-pop of 'All I Need', and specifically the drop that occurs around the 3:20 mark - pure class. Also worthy of note are 'Trabajar' with its attention-getting bass-y intro, complex percussion and Afro vox, and closer 'For This Joy' with its rave-tastic bassline and cheeky Fedde Le Grand-nodding "put your hands up for this joy" vocal. And if you like those, there are seven more where they came from - and doubtless 10 more in just another few weeks!
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DF 133
01 Oct 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
Turbo Flop
Turbo FlopEXCLUSIVE
Turbo Flop - (5:55) 104 BPM Hot
Kaskazi Muziki - (7:17) 125 BPM
Running Into You - (5:10) 95 BPM
Review: Three varied cuts make up this latest EP from Montenegran nu-disco stalwart Mitiko, coming on Tonbe's Disco Fruit. The EP opens with 'Turbo Flop', a moody, atmospheric affair with an undulating main synth riff that's similar in cadence to a Native American chant, and that's augmented from around the 1:30 mark by plangent electric guitar. 'Kaskazi Muziki' is a more uptempo cut with a plinky-plonk synth hook, fat funk bass and a male vocal in an unidentified language, and will work on house and disco floors alike, while the slow-grindin', Hammond-flecked 'Running Into You' drops the tempo once more and takes us a little closer to traditional funk/soul pastures.
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DF 132
17 Sep 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
Serious Edits Vol 18
Automatik - (6:44) 116 BPM
Just Dance - (5:40) 120 BPM Hot
Just Dance (dub mix) - (5:40) 120 BPM
Dark Night - (5:17) 125 BPM
Dark Night (dub mix) - (5:17) 125 BPM
Ghost Killer - (5:15) 116 BPM
Ghost Killer (dub mix) - (5:15) 116 BPM
Review: The Serbian disco magician known as Tonbe once more dons his Loshmi guise to get busy on the re-edits tip, bringing us his reinventions of four classic cuts of yore. 'Automatik' doesn't actually differ too much from The Pointer Sisters' original, except for getting a bit wonkier and druggier in the breakdown; somewhat more radical in approach are his reworkings of David Bowie's 'Let's Dance' and Ray Parker Jr's 'Ghostbusters', but for sheer brass neck the prize goes to 'Dark Night', which somehow manages to drag Deep Purple's 'Black Night' kicking and screaming onto the disco dancefloor.
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DF 131
03 Sep 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
Closer To Me
Closer To MeEXCLUSIVE
Closer - (7:17) 122 BPM
Varadero - (5:13) 115 BPM Hot
Golden Days - (6:22) 120 BPM
I've Been Searching - (6:30) 123 BPM
Ven Pa Ca - (4:59) 122 BPM
I Saw You Walking Down The Street - (5:04) 120 BPM
Senegalese - (4:50) 120 BPM
El Mariachi - (6:46) 124 BPM
Last Mojito - (5:48) 120 BPM
Move That Ass - (6:41) 116 BPM
Beat Me Like A Funk - (6:31) 124 BPM
Review: By our reckoning Serbia's Milos Djordjevic, better known as Tonbe, has AT LEAST a dozen album-length releases to his name, but he shows no signs of slowing down just yet! Here comes another one, wherein fairly 'authentic-sounding' disco and boogie grooves like 'Closer' and 'Golden Days' are interspersed with more lounge-y and Latin-flavoured cuts such as 'Varadero' and 'Ven Pa Ca'. Elsewhere, Tonbe flirts with the sound of West African reggae on 'Senegalese' while 'El Mariachi' brings the Western movie theme vibes, before the album comes to a close with a slab of heavy, geetar-squawlin' Blaxploitation funk in the form of 'Beat Me Like A Funk'.
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DF 130
13 Aug 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
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